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Our Mission Three Models of Education Five Pillar Methodology Pillar One: Classics Pillar Two: Mentors Pillar Three: Simulations Pillar Four: Field Experience Pillar Five: God Environments of Learning Welcome Message The Culture The People

Five Pillar Methodology

 

The patterns used to train leaders throughout history can be found in the Socratic seminar and the modern Oxford tutorial models. In examining these, we have noted a set of factors that persists across time and is well established, even to the present day. Although the descriptions vary across cultures and periods, we refer to them in the following terms.

  1. Classics
  2. Mentors
  3. Simulations
  4. Field Experience
  5. God

Historically, these comprise the foundation for educating leaders in Western Civilization.  Essentially, it is the classical liberal arts core, mentored Socratically, then enhanced by rigorous situation-based rehearsals, followed by the hands on experience of internships. Throughout this, one's moral compass must be cultivated to expand larger than one's self.

While the classical core introduces the traditional canon, education should be dynamic and moldable to meet the needs of each student while challenging them to think independently. This flexibility occurs primarily within the realm of the Oxford style mentoring component and the remaining pillars. When combined, all five create the timeless essence of the education of leaders. 

 

Recommended Article: What Is Liberal Education by Leo Strauss

First Pillar: Classics

"Politics are the divine science, after all."
   —John Adams

Lay down true principles, and adhere to them inflexibly. Do not be frightened into their surrender..."
   —Thomas Jefferson

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